Kakuda, Miyagi

Kakuda (角田市, Kakuda-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2020, the city had an estimated population of 28,539, and a population density of 190 persons per km² in 11,494 households.[1] The total area of the city is 147.58 square kilometres (56.98 sq mi).

Kakuda

角田市
Kakuda city hall
Kakuda city hall
Flag of Kakuda
Flag
Official seal of Kakuda
Seal
Location of Kakuda in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Kakuda in Miyagi Prefecture
Kakuda is located in Japan
Kakuda
Kakuda
 
Coordinates: 37°58′37.3″N 140°46′55.4″E / 37.977028°N 140.782056°E / 37.977028; 140.782056Coordinates: 37°58′37.3″N 140°46′55.4″E / 37.977028°N 140.782056°E / 37.977028; 140.782056
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureMiyagi
Government
 • MayorYasushi Ito
Area
 • Total147.53 km2 (56.96 sq mi)
Population
 (May 31, 2020)
 • Total28,539
 • Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeLive Oak
- FlowerJapanese Gentian
Phone number0224-63-2111
AddressKakuda Azadaibō 41, Kakuda-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-1592
WebsiteOfficial website
Taizan Park with H-II rocket
Panorama of Kakuda City

GeographyEdit

Kakuda is in southeastern Miyagi Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. The Abukuma River flows through the city.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

Miyagi Prefecture

ClimateEdit

Kakuda has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Kakuda is 12.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1259 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kakuda peaked in around the year 1950 and has been in slow decline since.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 26,232—    
1930 28,839+9.9%
1940 30,236+4.8%
1950 37,376+23.6%
1960 34,497−7.7%
1970 31,170−9.6%
1980 33,731+8.2%
1990 35,431+5.0%
2000 33,199−6.3%
2010 31,336−5.6%

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Kakuda was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was the location of Kakuda Castle during the Sengoku period. It was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain during the Edo period under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The town of Kakuda was established with the creation of the post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It annexed the neighboring villages of Kitago, Sakura, Nishine, Higashine, Fujio, and Edano on October 1, 1954. Kakuda was raised to city status on October 1, 1958.

GovernmentEdit

Kakuda has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members.[4] Kakuda, together with neighboring Marumori, contributes one seat to the Miyagi Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Miyagi 3rd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Kakuda has a mixed economy based on light manufacturing of automotive parts and electrics, and on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of soybeans and plums. The area was traditionally noted for its sericulture.

EducationEdit

Kakuda has eight public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

AbukumaExpressAbukuma Express Line

HighwayEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Noted people from KakudaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kakuda city official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Kakuda climate data
  3. ^ Kakuda population statistics
  4. ^ Kakuda City Council home page(in Japanese)
  5. ^ "梁瀬浦遺跡". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.

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